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Food for All Targets 1 Million Meals – Celebrates 25 years

Food For All workers, who provide 1,000 meals a day, outside the charity’s Matchless Gifts shop.
Food For All workers, who provide 1,000 meals a day, outside the charity’s Matchless Gifts shop.

Published: 13 August, 2015
By DANIEL KRAMER

A FOOD charity is appealing to musicians and artists to help provide a million meals to Camden’s homeless next year.

Food For All – which drives food to drop-off points in Kentish Town, Camden Town and King’s Cross daily – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The charity is hoping to stage a Christmas fundraising gig following a rise in demand triggered by austerity cuts, according to director Peter “Para” O’Grady.

He said: “I’ve seen a distinct rise in homelessness in the past few years. An increasing number of single parents and elderly people are coming to us. Today, people often see homeless people as criminals. Where has the society of compassion gone?”

He added: “There are 1,000 meals going out each day. About 80 per cent of the recipients are regulars. Some of them have been coming for 20 years.”

Food For All has already benefited from some celebrity supporters, with guest list proceeds of a recent Libertines gig in Camden Town being donated to the charity. Its Matchless Gifts shop, in Caledonian Road, receives donations from celebrities such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and actor Russell Brand.

To learn more about Food for All visit: http://foodforall.org.uk/

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Food for Life Global Moves headquarters to Green City Capital, Ljubljana

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Food for Life Global has officially moved its headquarters to the green city capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia and this is the story behind the move.

Background

Food for Life Global was established in the United States as a registered non-profit in the state of Maryland in 1995. The charity’s initial objective was to simply serve as a communications office for Hare Krishna Food for Life projects around the world and to provide training and guidance. “Back then, Food for Life was a small player in the world of food relief,” explained Paul Rodney Turner, director of the organization. “We had some projects in India, USA, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries, but Eastern Europe was just getting started. The programs were all rather small, and I think our capacity back then was around 60,000 meals a day.”

Today the network of affiliates expands the globe and now includes projects all over Asia, the former soviet union and many parts of Africa and South and Central America. “We are pretty much everywhere these days, although some projects are very small in comparison to our larger and more sophisticated projects in India, where it all started,” he said.

ISKCON-Annamrita-logo-PNG200Food for Life Global’s principle affiliate in India is The ISKCON Food Relief Foundation that is a separately registered non-profit organization from the Hare Krishna movement in India. Their Food for Life Annamrita project now feeds over 1.3 million school children daily and it is constantly expanding. 

Other projects around the world serve many hundreds of thousands of meals daily, substantiating Food for Life Global’s claims that the international network serves around 2 million meals daily!

How the Mission Evolved

Over the years, the mission of the organization expanded to include, fundraising and emergency coordination, and more importantly to promote the culture of spiritual hospitality and to encourage the distribution of prasadam distribution inside and outside of the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON). 

“This broader objective was a significant change in the direction of the charity, and we believe, more in-line with the core values of what the inspiration behind the project, Srila Prabhupada envisioned for the distribution of sanctified food,” he said. 

Turner assisted this broader objective by writing two books, How to Build a Great Food Relief and FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul, both of which explain the deeper meaning behind Food for Life’s relief work, along with practical guidance for those wanting to get involved or start their own Food for Life project. 

Why the Move the HQ to Europe?

Over the last decade, Food for Life Global projects in Europe have made great strides in positioning Food for Life as a major partner NGO with the European Union, and the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana was at the heart of this growth. Matej Poljansek (Mukunda Das) has been a volunteer for Food for Life Slovenia since the early 90s and is currently the European Coordinator for Food for Life Global, FFLG board member, and will head a new grant-writing team for the organization.

Poljansek, along with Francesco Maurelli of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU), Martin Gurvich (Mahaprabhu das) from the Hindu Forum of Europe (HFE) and Tamara Komissarova of The Open Dialogue Foundation have also been successful in building relationships with European leaders and forming partnerships with other NGO’s. For example, Food for Life Global now has representatives at Sustainable Food Systems Group of European Parliament and is working closely with NGOs in Europe on humanitarian aid, emergency relief, and the zero waste policy that was recently adopted by France.

European_green_capital_b“With Ljubljana’s already great reputation as a progressive European city and being awarded the Green City capital for 2016, it was a natural fit for FFLG to find a new home in this country,” explained Turner. 

“Food for Life Global is committed to doing what we do best while leaving the smallest environmental footprint. Our plant-based meals alone are a positive way forward, as even the United Nations has urged a global move to a meat and dairy-free diet.”

Looking Forward

Food for Life Global’s mission, “to create peace and prosperity in the world through the liberal distribution of plant-based meals prepared with loving intention,” will remain the same. “We aim to unite the world through pure food and once and for all solve world hunger and other social issues by addressing their root cause — spiritual inequality,” explained Turner. 

The new Board of Directors also includes some of the most successful social entrepreneurs in our organization, the likes of Radha Krishna Das, general manager of Food for Life Annamrita; Bruce Jacobs Owen (Bir Krishna Goswami) GBC and founder of the Food for Life school in New Govardhana, India; Rupa Raghunatha Das, founder and director of Food for Life Vrindavan and Care for Cows in India; Rev. Albert Lange (Bhakta das) who is a minister of religion and general secretary of the Hindu Community Council of Victoria; David Reynolds (Devaprastha das), director of PAWS and Prasadam a successful vegan catering service; Ales Erbeznik, owner and director of Omnia Global and Norine Oedairadjsingh, president of Food for Life Rotterdam.

Our focus for the next few years will be to build up our financial capacity to really help expand Food for Life projects around the world, with a special focus on our affiliates in India, where The World Bank estimates is one of the highest ranking countries in the world for the number of children suffering from malnutrition. The prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world and is nearly double that of Sub-Saharan Africa with dire consequences for mobility, mortality, productivity and economic growth.

The new headquarters is officially registered as a non-profit in Slovenia as Food for Life Global or Humanitarno društvo FFL Global at Usnjarska cesta 9, 1241 Kamnik with registration number 4077911000 (matična številka) and a tax id: N. 28209397 (davčna številka). 

US citizens can continue to get a tax-deduction via our US partner A Well-Fed World, by making checks payable to: A Well-Fed World
A registered 501C-3 Corporation in USA. Federal Tax ID #27-0865905
Mark on check: To Benefit Food for Life Global
Mail to: 815 Otis Place NW,
Washington DC 20010
USA

Or donate via their US Paypal account:

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Food for Life Nepal reaching remote villages in need

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Since no other relief agencies are reaching these areas, the people are highly appreciative of our efforts

May 10, 2015, Kathmandu — Food for Life Global affiliate, Food for Life Nepal has been non-stop in the kitchen and on the streets of Kathmandu, Bhaktipur and many remote villages affected by the massive earthquake that struck on April 25.

“Today we went to Dulal Village (20km away from our kitchen) to distribute food and relief materials received from Sahid Bhagavat Singh Comrade organization. The bad weather, prevented us visiting other places today,” explained Visvajit Vrajesa Das, director of the program.

Volunteers provided 100 blankets to the residents of Dulal village at 3 different spots, along with 250 kgs of rice, 50 large bags of flour, and 300 packets of biscuits to the village children.

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Remote areas being served, where no other NGOs go

To date, more than 90,000 people have been provided hot meals by Food for Life Nepal, while 400 families also received relief supplies. FFL Volunteers packed 2400 kgs of rice, dhal, blankets and clothing in flatbed trucks and drove to remote villages over damaged roads.  “Many of the families were in critical condition. Most of the houses were destroyed and people were starving,” reported Das. “We gave them blankets and then cooked them a delicious dinner on the spot.

Volunteers are visiting remote villages like Majuwa, Ramkot, Tudikhel and Salyantar where often the roads are not paved and survivors are looking for grains in the rubble of the quake. 

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FFL Nepal is serving hot meals to the affected victims, especially to the children. They also sent a ton of food grains to the Dhading area and two tons of food grains to Gorkha.

Food For Life Nepal also served hot meals to earthquake victims at the Thapapati VDC hospital wards, #1 and #2 in Nuwakot, while 500 Kgs of rice and 50kgs of beans were given to survivors in the Chauthe VDC hospital ward #01 of Nuwakot. 

“Nuwakot is around 22 km from Kathmandu. Since no other relief agencies are reaching these areas, the people are highly appreciative of our efforts,” reported Das.

At many of the sites, FFL volunteer monks encourage the villagers to join them in soft kirtan while the others distribute the food and relief materials. 

Please continue supporting these efforts. 

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Feeding the survivors of Nepal – people and animals

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Bhaktipur, Nepal — ISKCON FOOD FOR LIFE Nepal distributed over 2,500 hot kichadi (bean, rice, vegetable stew) to children and adult survivors of the massive earthquake that hit the area on April 25th. 

The places included Bolachenn, Golmadhi, Bhimsensthan, Saraswati School, Kamal Vinayak, Byasi, Jhaukhel and Bhaktapur Bus Park.

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Even the dogs are getting food from the FFL volunteers

Food for Life Global has also donated to Animal Nepal and Tree of Compassion to help them continue their work of rescuing and feeding animals. 

The Krishna monks also organized a condolence program at Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the evening for the people who lost their life in Bhaktapur. About 30 members of ISKCON lit candles and sang kirtan for the departed souls.

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Thank you to everyone praying and supporting this effort with donations.